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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017






Taraji P. Henson stars Katherine Johnson, center, in “Hidden Figures,” which was tops at the box office over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. (Hopper Stone / AP)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 11:51 A.M.

Film about 1960s black mathematicians tops MLK weekend

“Hidden Figures,” the uplifting film about African-American mathematicians at NASA during the 1960s space race, led the North American box office for the second straight week, selling $27.5 million in tickets over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, according to final studio figures Tuesday.

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Actress Octavia Spencer has been named Woman of the Year by Harvard Universitys Hasty Pudding Theatricals. She is scheduled to be honored with a parade through the streets of Cambridge on Jan. 26, followed by a roast and the presentation of her pudding pot. (Evan Agostini / Invision/AP)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 10:20 A.M.

Octavia Spencer named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Oscar winner Octavia Spencer has been named Woman of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The award is handed out annually to people who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017

Aubrey Shimek Davis, Joe Mazzie and Alyssa Jordan rehearse a scene from “Disgraced,” now playing at Stage Left Theater in Spokane. (Special to The Spokesman-Review / James Snook)

TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017, 4:11 P.M.

‘Disgraced’ at Spokane’s Stage Left packs a wallop

Every religion has its own idiosyncrasies, observes one of the characters in Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced,” but it soon becomes clear that there are only certain idiosyncrasies they’re willing to tolerate. The Pulitzer-winning play, which opened at Stage Left this weekend, ...

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FILE - In this April 26, 2015, file photo, Betty White accepts the lifetime achievement award at the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Burbank, Calif. White turned 95 on Jan. 17, 2017. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) ORG XMIT: PAPM105 (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017, 3:53 P.M.

Fans celebrate Betty White on her 95th birthday

Betty White says the best thing about being 95 is that she’s still employed. The actress is celebrating her birthday Tuesday. She tells Yahoo’s Katie Couric that she’s “most grateful” for still getting job offers. She says she appreciates “the fact that people have been so kind to me all these years.”

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